Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Mural is Completed

Yes, the mural is completed - to the delight of our local community.
We hope that it will always be here.
Not much more than you can add to the title of Adnate's book of his works.
These people have always been here.
This post is connected to our last post where there was a public street art exhibition happening. The extraordinary thing was that it was happening in daylight to the delight of our local community and promoted by the Collective Cafe and supported by the townsfolk as well as the business and local government community.

From Adnate's website: - check it out
Adnate is an artist that realises his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in Street Art, utilising the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm.
Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XXI Century.
Adnate has always held a connection towards indigenous people of their native land, especially with Indigenous Australians.  He paints large scale murals in the main cities around Australia and the world, creating a statement of reclaiming the land that was always theirs.  He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience.

Adnate at work

A publication that brings Adnate's previous work into a gallery of the most wonderful street art. 
So what does this all mean in Trentham. We have a cafe here call "The Collective". It's a meeting place not just for the locals, but a new experience for those that knowingly or just by chance discover Trentham. The Collective situated in a previous bank building brings good food, great coffee - a sense of community spirit but also a recognition to the original inhabitants of our region. The indigenous peoples of the region were the Dja Dja Wurrung. They inhabited Victoria's central highlands within the Loddon river and Coliban river district that includes Trentham. 

The finished product was one that the locals saw from a blank canvas, then a background of the vibrant colours of the Aboriginal flag to this stunning portrait of an indigenous young person.
This influence is brought to us through Rhys and Nathan of the Collective. Nathan is of indigenous background and is proud of his heritage. Sitting with Rhys today at the Collective we learned that Nathan is to meet with the fashion industry and may just become the first Australian Indigenous international male model. He is highly regarded locally so we wish him success overseas.


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    1. more like this are tributes to the original inhabitants of our country. It's good that the younger generation feel proud of their heritage.

  2. Superb art work. Hope all is well Diane

    1. The magazine showed more of this indigenous artist. Its a tribute to his heritage. Sue and I are off to Belgium and France in July/August but I doubt that we will get down your way but you are in our memories.


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